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Kung Fu: The Complete First Season

David Carradine^Keye Luke^Philip Ahn^Radames Pera    DVD
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just A Man? Nov. 25 2004
Ok, what you've got here is a beautiful package with three double-sided disks which hold the two-hour (two-part) series pilot, plus fifteen individual episodes--the entire Kung Fu first season. My only complaint is that the top and bottom of the screen are cut out, to make it "wide screen". Crazy. It does make the product look slyer, but by taking away from the show. However, so little is lost, and you soon forget that anything is missing. This is such a classic series, who cares? Kung Fu on DVD! I would list the episodes, but below Corgweyn has done this nicely.

For those of you unfamiliar with the show, allow me to give you a brief but honest rundown: a "western" of sorts, Kung-Fu deals with a Shaolin Priest (Cain) who is outlawed after killing the assassin who killed his old blind master Po (as well as the emperor's nephew, who was responsible.) Being half Chinese, half American, he escapes to the "old west" of America. There he embarks on a series of adventures dealing with racist cowboys, bloodthirsty bounty hunters and Chinese assassins sent to kill or return him (he is worth $10,000 alive and $5,000 dead.) This is a classic and unique series, dealing far more with humanity, Chinese philosophy and wisdom than fighting. Its cult value is hot, and its incredible acting and stories are memorable and striking. A show for those who like something different, where truth and gentleness can win out over lies and crudeness. He is one with nature. Yet he always maintains, "I am just a man."

Highly recommended for all audiences!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Show Was The Prime Building Block... July 7 2004
By John
... for the foundation that introduced the western world to the martial arts in a massive sweep in the early seventies. It literally set a preperation and an interest that sparked Bruce Lee's work into a phenomenon. The strong value that this series holds is in it's approach of portraying the teachings of the martial arts in a very moral and almost biblical way. The ideals presented within are, and were very much so in the seventies, an inspiration for strengthening and understanding one's own character and for modeling traits that could skillfully resolve conflict in a very real and usable way within oneself. David Carradine followed by Bruce Lee, in a remarkable wake of perfect timing, created an era by being such powerful role models. Role models to the like that no one had ever seen.
David Carradine's portrayal of Kwai Chang Caine was the first inactment of any martial art that most people in the states had ever seen and, to this day, that portrayal remains among the most inspirational for it's embodiment of Eastern ideals.
As for this first season set of DVDs, I would highly recommend them to anyone wanting to learn anything about the drive behind learning a martial art, to fans of the series and to anyone wanting to instill humility and moral direction within themselves or their children. Kids may not want to give it a chance, things are a little different today than they were in the seventies.
I have no problem with the widescreen aspect ratio. The framing is very palatable to me and in no way is an excuse to miss out on the content of the show or to miss out on reliving some early inspirations that came out of the series. The quality of the picture and sound is top notch.
A truly inspirational series for any day and age
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Legitimate TV Classic Finally Comes to DVD Jan. 8 2004
The TV series Kung Fu, starring David Carradine, Keye Luke and Philip Ahn, became an American popular cultural phenomenon in the 70s and richly deserves a full DVD release. It remains as unique today as it did three decades ago, and potentially as powerful.
In the 70s, America was still embroiled in the Vietnam War when Carradine, who played Kwai Chang Caine, walked barefoot into the homes of viewers portraying a Chinese priest of the Shaolin Order who was also a Kung Fu martial arts expert.
Through Caine, complex themes of religion, spirituality, philosophy, violence, peace, racism, morality, greed, human dignity and cruelty were examined each week in the guise of an off-beat Western set in the 1800s.
Caine, who was part American, was forced to flee his homeland after his mentor, Master Po, portrayed brilliantly by Luke, was murdered by a royal guardman, who in turn was killed by Caine. The royal family issued an edict to capture Caine --- dead or alive.
Caine came to America in search of his half-brother, walking from town to town following leads as to his sibling's whereabouts.
While the story seems simple enough, it afforded the show's writers ample opportunities to explore the aforementioned themes by depicting Caine's interaction with those who lived in America's Old West, illustrating through the use of extensive flash-backs, the teachings of his Shaolin masters and his Chinese martial arts training. It also provided plenty of excitement and action through Carradine's use of Kung Fu in America, which he frequently employed to protect the less fortunate or otherwise vulnerable victim.
Caine's cultural views and religious training that stressed peaceful coexistance with his fellow man, equality and non-materialism, put him at odds with most of those he encountered.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent portrayal of Shaolin philosophy Feb. 22 2004
Caine, a Chinese-American immigrant, conflicts with a violent 1870's American West as he seeks a way of peace. The conflict that he feels within himself as a peaceful man who practices martial arts is portrayed excellently. The flashbacks that he has of conversations and lessons in a Shaolin temple are a glimpse into another world. An outstanding series.
A brief episode guide:
Pilot: Kung Fu: The Way of the Tiger, The Sign of the Dragon. Caine flees to the United States after killing the Emperor's nephew.
1. King of the Mountain: A bounty hunter looking for Caine endangers a woman rancher and a homeless boy. guest star (gs): John Saxon.
2. Dark Angel: Caine helps a blinded preacher learn to use his other senses. gs: Robert Carradine, John Carradine.
3. Blood Brother : Caine seeks justice for a murdered friend.
4. An Eye for An Eye: A rape victim wants Caine's help to get revenge. (This episode won Emmy's for best director and cinematographer.)
5. The Tide: A woman with an ulterior motive helps a seriously injured Caine.
6. The Soul Is the Warrior: Caine helps a sheriff facing death.
7. Nine Lives: A miner looks for a cat to replace the cat he accidentally killed. gs: Geraldine Brooks.
8. Sun and Cloud Shadow: Caine acts as intermediary between Chinese miners and a mine owner.
9. Chains: Caine escapes from prison shackled to another prisoner.
10. Alethea: A young girl testifies that she saw Caine murder a man. gs: Jodie Foster.
11. The Praying Mantis Kills: A young boy defends the jail against the men who killed his father.
12. Superstition: When Caine is forced to work in a mine, a landslide traps him inside.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another good T.V. show Brings back a lot of good memories
Published 1 month ago by NED
5.0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu TV!
What can I say. Kung Fu was my favourite TV series when growing up. Now I can watch it repeatedly, for each time I learn some new wisdom hidden in the nuances of the show!
Published 9 months ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery
I purchased this for my husband for Christmas, he was delighted and surprised that I was able to get the whole first season including the premiere
Published 21 months ago by MaryAnn Oldham
1.0 out of 5 stars Check Each dvd disc before 30 days!
I discovered disc 2, side B will not play. This was after the 30 day return period even though it was defective. I sure wish they had a phone # to talk to someone. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Country Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Like an old friend
I'm so glad this is out! Watching this is like a visit with an old friend - it brings back many memories, and is just a joy to sit down and watch. Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by Damian P. Gadal
5.0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu - A legend even after three decades!
Kung Fu is simply one of the most engrossing, innovative sagas of all-time. It is parlously dubious that another of its kind will ever emerge, and that is predominantly due to the... Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by "crazycoasters"
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome show
This set is really great, despite its shortcomings (which aren't really worth the attention that they are getting in these reviews). Read more
Published on July 4 2004
The last time I saw this series was when it was originally on TV
and as I was doing homework at the time,I remember it only got
done during the commercials of this show. Read more
Published on June 29 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!
You get the 90 min movie that started it all PLUS the first 15 shows! The quality is awesome and I love the letterbox aspect ratio. This series is even better than I remembered it. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by Paul A. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it then, love it now
I loved this series when I was a kid. I'd literally trip over myself to run home and watch it. I think it was already in re-runs by the time I was old enough to absorb it but it... Read more
Published on June 28 2004
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